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Moments with Marty

Written by: CSP-Admin

Three weeks ago, I attended the Leading Age national conference in Philadelphia. Leading Age is the organization that represents the not-for-profit eldercare providers in the United States and Canada. Over 7,000 people attend the conference each year.

Shortly after I landed in Philadelphia after the 5-hour flight from Portland, I learned of the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As I walked through the terminal, I was struck by the large groups of people that had gathered around the tv monitors in the waiting in the areas. I, too, stopped and watched for a few minutes. Looking around, I noticed several people in tears. “How can something like this happen in our country?”, was the refrain I heard repeated several times.

Needless to say, the attack and its aftermath had me mournful. It was not a night to socialize. I stayed in my hotel room and watched the news.

I awoke the next morning still feeling somber. The first session of the conference started at 8:00 am Sunday morning. I had signed up for a 4-hour session on hospice. An important topic, but I wondered whether this was really the subject I needed to hear about that morning. I entered to conference to find the seats were filling up quickly. I took a seat at a table with one seat remaining. We all introduced ourselves. It turned out that my tablemates were from Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic mission-based organizations in the east and mid-west. When I told them, I was from a Jewish organization, all three immediately expressed their condolences on the shooting in Pittsburgh. One even asked me what she could do that day to help. My spirits were lifted hearing their kind words to this total stranger. In retrospect, I should not have been surprised. This was after all a Leading Age conference, an organization of diverse senior care providers, whose missions are based on compassion and caring.

When I returned to CSP later in the week my spirits were lifted yet again by the generosity of spirit shown by a group of residents from Mary’s Woods, the Catholic mission-based life plan community. A group of residents had sent a beautiful note of condolence to the residents of Rose Schnitzer Manor. It appears below.

Dear Residents of Cedar Sinai Park,
It is with great sadness that we reach out to you
today in response to the shooting at the Tree of
Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We stand in
solidarity with you as you mourn the loss of your
brothers and sisters in faith. We offer our thoughts
and prayers in hopes that it will bring you comfort
in this terrible time.

Our deepest condolences,
Residents of Mary’s Woods

As it happens, I recently finished reading the book, The Compassionate Achiever, by Christopher L. Kukk, Ph.D., a veteran of the United States military and intelligences services, and currently a college professor in Connecticut. In the book Kukk writes about making the world a more compassionate place. He speaks about starting at the local level with our day-to-day interactions. “All of your personal interactions are like small stones of compassion dropped into a pond, creating ripples that reach far beyond you.” I couldn’t help but think about my conversation at that table in Philadelphia, the offer to help, and the beautiful note from our friends at Mary’s Woods. The ripples from the kindness they showed reached across the country and back. “Compassion is contagious” wrote Kukk. “Your acts of compassion will make others more likely to act with compassion.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Sincerely,

Marty Baicker, CEO
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Moments with Marty

Written by: CSP-Admin

It’s my first spring and summer in Portland and I am astonished at how beautiful the weather has been. Beautiful blue skies and no humidity. Wow!

Since I last wrote you, I had the opportunity to chaperone my son’s five-day school trip around southern Oregon. We camped out near Crater Lake, toured the Oregon Caves, saw two plays at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and visited the Redwoods near Crescent City, California. It was an amazing trip. Oregon is incredibly beautiful. As I said to Jacob several times during the trip, “I don’t think we’re in New Jersey anymore.”

Back at CSP, things are moving along. Last week, the new Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center reached its highest census since it opened in October. While the outcomes of care and customer satisfaction continue to be excellent, our seven-month-old program has had some growing pains. As a result, we are focused on improving communication between our staff, patients, and their families.

In spite of these challenges, great things are happening at RHRC.

Here’s a recent example. This is the story of our patient, Lois S.:

On February 5th, Lois S. was admitted to the hospital to undergo tests for what she thought were routine health concerns. Those concerns were anything but routine, and by Saturday, Lois was in the Intensive Care Unit following surgery for a perforated colon which lead to infection and then to sepsis, a life-threatening condition.

With her husband and out-of-town children gathered around her, Lois spent the next 16 days in the Intensive Care Unit. Her family stood by her side as she fought to stay alive while her body battled pneumonia, a gallbladder infection, and ultimately both heart and kidney failure.

Lois fought hard – and won. After a total of seven weeks in the hospital she had recovered from the acute illnesses but was left so weak she was unable to walk or even sit up in a wheelchair.

Lois and her family were faced with a decision about her care and how to best handle her rehabilitation. She had had knee replacement surgery in the past and had experience in a rehab facility with which she was not pleased.

This time, Lois chose Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center at Cedar Sinai Park. Lois and her family had been familiar with Robison from its many decades as a nursing home, and were aware that it had undergone a recent transformation, including the addition of a state-of-the-art rehab facility.

“Robison Health & Rehabilitation Center is quite a gift our community has provided”, Lois shared. “The largest part of my recovery is due to the dedicated therapists and nursing staff at Robison.”

Although Lois entered Robison unable to even sit up in a wheelchair, she left Robison on June 26th, walking tall, with just the help of a walker.

“The staff was devoted to me and my care and showed me an outpouring of warmth and support”, Lois said. “The first time I stood – with the help of a harness and machine – nearly every staff member came to my room and congratulated me. Everyone was so encouraging, and their support made all the difference.”

Lois left Robison Rehab on June 26th but, as with all patients, will be remembered by the staff with whom she formed relationships. With its 44-suites and strong staff-to-patient ratios, Robison is small enough for highly personalized care, and large enough to offer expert care services and therapy.

“I wasn’t a patient to them, I was Lois. They knew me as a person”, Lois added. “They take a personal interest in you. As you walk down the hall, every single person greets you. This attitude from staff added to the excellent care I received, and I would recommend Robison Rehab to anyone.”

Lois’s recovery is not only a testament to her tenacity but also to the professionalism and dedication of the RHRC staff. I want to take this opportunity to recognize the commitment of our devoted staff. We could not do this without them.

Please feel free to contact me directly if you would like a personal tour of RHRC or if I can help you with anything else.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Sincerely,

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Marty Baicker, CEO


A Moment With Marty

Written by: Nathan Greg

Each month, Cedar Sinai Park’s CEO Marty Baicker invites you to a virtual visit to CSP, and to share the news and happenings in our organization and community.

“I am proud to join the Cedar Sinai Park community as its new CEO. CSP is an organization with a strong history of innovation and community support…”

Each month, Cedar Sinai Park’s CEO Marty Baicker invites you to a virtual visit to CSP, and to share the news and happenings in our organization and community.

I have been so impressed with the people I have met in my first few months at CSP. From the dedication of our staff to the hard work of our volunteers and the incredible generosity of our donors; the support of the entire CSP family makes it possible for us to provide the highest level of care to the community we serve.

Every week I hear stories about the great work going on across our campus. This month I want recognize our Culinary, Housekeeping, and Maintenance departments. Their work sometimes goes unnoticed but it is so critical to the experience of our residents and patients. They build close relationships with residents just like our direct caregivers. Join me as I salute these “unsung heroes” who do great work mostly out of the view of our residents.

The stories I hear about our dedicated caregivers are often quite moving. Let me tell you about Terri, an original Shabazz in the Stern Greenhouse and a five-year employee at CSP. One of the residents of the Stern House wanted chocolate milk after dinner. Terri knew that meeting the wishes of our elders is central to the Greenhouse philosophy. She also knew that kashrut meant we could not serve dairy after a meat dinner. Terri was undeterred. She went on a search for chocolate milk that could be served with a meat meal. On her own time and with her own money she shopped and brought in a non-dairy chocolate milk. The resident was thrilled. Terri’s act of kindness and generosity represents the caring and compassion in all of our staff.
I recently had the opportunity to visit with some long-time supporters of CSP, meeting some of them for the very first time. They were extremely interested in what was happening on campus. How were the Greenhouses doing? Was the new post-acute unit meeting its goals? How was the RSM census? How are we working to improve the quality of care? It was clear from our conversations that they are very invested in CSP’s mission and the people we care for. Their generous support has made it possible to provide all the innovative programs and services we are doing at CSP.
In the life of a nursing home, there is no more important event than the annual licensing survey. It provides an assessment of the care we are providing at any given time. It is a nerve-wracking six days for everyone. We just completed our annual survey at the Harold Schnitzer Center for Living and the Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center. I’m happy to report we had a very successful survey! Thank you to Administrator Mike Martynowicz, Medical Director Dr. Kirsten Carr, Director of Nursing Richard Westom and the entire staff of our nursing home. Great progress has been made, but there is more work to do.
The Harold Schnitzer Center for Living is currently full and there is a waiting list. The new Robison Health and Rehabilitation Center is doing well. The census continues to exceed the budget, and the clinical outcomes for our first patients show that we are providing outstanding rehabilitative care. If you have not yet seen the new RHRC, please contact me directly for a tour. I can be reached at 503-535-4413 or at martin.baicker@cedarsinaipark.org.
I hope you can join us for our upcoming Homecoming Celebration on May 4-6. We are dedicating the new chapel, celebrating the complete transformation of CSP, hosting a carnival, and recognizing our generous donors. Keep an eye on your mail for more information soon.
As always, thank you for your support of CSP.

 

Warmest Regards,

Marty Baicker, CEO

 

 

 


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